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History with Criminology BA (Hons)

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Overview

How change happens

Underpinned by a commitment to social justice and global responsibility, this degree can help you fulfil a career as a historically-informed and globally-engaged citizen.

Develop your interest in history and criminology by focusing on themes of social justice, inequality, and the history of the criminal justice system. Studying criminology with history will give you an insight into how society seeks to maintain law and order.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2018.

History with Criminology student in a seminar

Why History at LSBU?

Innovative teaching methods: taught by internationally renowned historians who contribute to public policy debate and publish original research.
Optional work placement opportunities - allow you to tailor your degree to your interests and future career ambitions.
We’re near the British Library, the Imperial War Museum, the Institute of Historical Research, the Wiener Library, the Women’s Library @LSE, and the Black Cultural Archive.
Benefit from inspiring speakers from public, private sector and third sector organisations.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

Modules cover an array of enticing topics, including historical research methods, British, Irish and American history, the contemporary policing and penal theory, as well as gender, crime and justice.

Year 1

  • History sources and methods
    This module enables you to develop your own personal research skills e-portfolio by giving you supervised practice at note-taking, referencing, group-work, participation in class debate, research and production of an extensive bibliography for their independent research project. You'll be introduced to the range of sources available to them as historians including secondary sources, archival sources and digital sources. A number of visits will be made to key libraries and archives including the London Metropolitan Archive and the Women’s Library @ LSE. Taught through: lectures, workshops, group work and trips to libraries/archives. Assessment: independent research project presented as an e-portfolio to be submitted at the end of the module. (2000 words).
  • Revolutions, wars and making the modern world
    This module introduces some of the major themes and events in modern world history. It begins with an examination of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. It moves on to look at the Industrial Revolution, national unification movements in Italy and Germany in the nineteenth century, Empire, the First World War and the ideologies of Fascism, Nazism and Soviet Communism. It looks at the impact of key historical figures such as Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler and their impact on the shape of the modern world. Taught through: weekly lectures, seminars and group debates. Assessment: group work and presentation (40%) and 1,500-word essay (60%).
  • Deconstructing the crime problem
    What is crime? How and to what extent is the crime problem dispersed throughout contemporary society? What do we know about current levels of crime in the UK and how do these compare historically? These are some of the key questions addressed in this module which aims to introduce you to the basic anatomy of the crime problem. In addition to addressing specific questions concerning trends in different types of crime and social distribution of crime across society. Taught through: lectures and seminars. Assessment: interpreting crime statistics (30%) and two-hour exam (70%).
  • Historical practice and research
    This module introduces the key issues and current debates in historical methodology. You'll identify and critically assess different forms of history writing, ranging from the Whig and Marxist schools of history, to the writing of feminist, women's and gender history. The module will also introduce the wide range of sources available to you as a historian and allow you to make use of and evaluate such historical sources, such as, archival material, oral history, the internet and historical databases. Taught through: lectures, seminars and visits to archives, libraries and museums (the National Library of Women, the British Library National Sound Archive, and the Public Record Office). Assessment 1,000-word literature review (50%) and 1,000-word essay (50%).
  • War and social change in the 20th century
    This module introduces the major themes and events in twentieth century world history from the Second World War onward. It examines contemporary historical events that have impacted society, including the Cold War, decolonisation, Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communist revolution, the effect of New Right ideologies in the 1980's, the fall of the Soviet Union and its consequences, globalisation, as well as moves towards European integration and the development of the European Union. You'll analyse the impact of these key events on the shaping of the modern and contemporary world. Taught through: weekly lectures and seminars. Assessment 2,000-word essay (100%).
  • Introduction to criminological theory
    In this module you'll learn about the key underlying theories that shape criminology and how society thinks about crime. We'll examine the conceptual and practical differences between these schools and show how their differences have resulted in very different definitions of crime, types of research and governmental policy. We'll also see how these different theories have shaped the criminal justice system of different societies. We'll do all this within the broad historical context of the development of criminology. Taught through: lectures, seminars and workshops. Assessment: 1,500-word essay (50%) in mid-September and 1,500-word essay (50%) in late September.

Year 2

  • Global governance, regionalism and the nation-state
    This module explores the complex, dialectical (non-linear) economic, social and political relations between nation-states, regionalisation and globalisation. Regionalisation has emerged across the world, but is most developed in Europe. You'll also explore the role of international organizations in the global system, with particular emphasis on the United Nations system, including International Financial Institutions. You'll critically reflect on state power and global inter-dependence in the 21st Century. Taught through: lectures, seminars and workshops. Assessment: an international news journal diary (50%) and a two-hour exam (50%).
  • Issues in criminal justice history
    This module provides a framework for examining the development of the criminal justice system and the general construction of the crime problem in the period from the 1800's until the early 1960's. You'll blend discussion of institutional development with a socio-historical analysis of changing problems of crime. Taught through: weekly lectures, workshops and group work. 3,000-word project based on policing, prisons, gender and crime, or youth crime (100%).
  • American history and American cinema
    This module introduces key events in American history 1860-2000. Themes include: liberty, freedom, democracy and the concept of the frontier in American culture. You'll assess American history through the lens of American cinema and popular culture. You'll consider how gender, race, religion and sexuality have shaped American society and how these themes are represented in film and popular culture over the course of the twentieth century. Taught through: lectures, workshops, film screenings and group work/group presentations. Assessment: group presentation (50%) and 2-hour exam (50%).
  • 20th century British history: democracy, crisis and modernity
    The University is situated in the heart of London. This module gives you the opportunity to study the economic, political, social and cultural history of London and to learn how the city transformed itself into what is now one of the world’s most vibrant, modern and multicultural capitals.  Themes covered include: London’s growth, its immigrant and ethnic minority communities, politics, crime, leisure, housing, wartime London, activism and queer London. You'll be encouraged to engage with the rich material culture of London including visits to archives, museums, galleries, screening of films about London and historical walking tours. Taught through: a mix of lectures, workshops, film screenings, walking tours of London and trips to libraries/archives/galleries. Assessment: 1,500-word archive report (50%) and 1,500-word essay (50%).
  • Penal theory, policy and practice
    This module examines penal theory and practice in a theoretical, comparative and historical way, and engages critically with the theoretical justifications and policy proposals for punishment. The first part examines the philosophical and historical bases of punishment in general and the prison in particular. The course also reflects on the concepts of ‘place’, ‘space’ and ‘time’ as sources of suffering and emphasises the significance of vulnerability and imprisonment. We'll critically evaluate the future of the penal system examining privatisation of punishment and its role in penal policy. Taught through: lectures and seminars. Assessment: 3000-word essay (100%).

Plus one option from:

  • Gender difference and equality
    In the past few decades work on gender has been crucial in challenging mainstream sociological thought, and in making exciting and innovative contributions to sociological theory, methodology and policy. This Module addresses equality and diversity by focusing on the issue of gender difference and equality through the study of historical and contemporary debates on a range of topical issues reflecting diversity and equality issues in contemporary British society. Taught through: lectures and workshops. Assessment: 1,500-word essay (50%) and 2,000-word document report (50%).
  • Issues in contemporary policing
    The module develops your conceptual understanding of ‘policing’ and ‘the police’. We'll explore a number of issues including: the historical origins of contemporary policing; the legitimacy of policing; police culture(s); the policing of private and public order; the privatisation of policing functions; the growth of transnational policing, together with an analysis of the significance of a human rights agenda for twenty-first century policing. We'll also consider the implications of globalisation for policing both on an organisational and conceptual level. Taught through: lectures and seminars. Assessment: 3-hour exam (100%).
  • Work placement
    This module provides an opportunity for you to work in a setting directly related to your area of study. It will enable you to to explore and reinforce the interface between theory and practice in a professional setting. Voluntary and community sector organisations with a registered charity number and most political organisations are suitable for work placements. However you'll need to meet and consult with your Module Coordinator to identify an appropriate voluntary sector and/or political organisation for you. Taught through: practical on-the-job work experience. Assessment: 1,000-word self-reflective report (30%), 2,500-word critical evaluation and action plan (70%).

Year 3

  • History research project (double module)

Plus four options from:

  • Life and times in Nazi Germany
    This module analyses the rise of Hitler and the history of Nazism. You'll examine how Hitler consolidated his power and the relationship between the dictatorial regime and the German people. It deals with aspects of everyday life, such as coercion and consensus, propaganda and the use of terror, including the secret police and the concentration camp system. The module also analyses Nazi ideology, Nazi economic policy, foreign policy, resistance, education and youth groups. You'll examine cultural life, including cinema, theatre, art, architecture, literature, music, as well as the press and radio. Taught through: weekly lectures and seminars. Assessment: 4,000-word essay (100%).
  • Modern Ireland: from independence to the Celtic tiger
    This module introduces you to the history of Ireland from the foundation of the Irish Free State in 1922 to the end of the 1990s and the economic boom known as the ‘Celtic Tiger’. Key events in Irish history are explored including: the Irish Civil War, War of Independence, the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement. You'll examine the lived experience of citizens in the new Irish State with a particular focus on culture, identity, gender and religion.  Ireland’s changing relationship with the UK is a key feature of this module. Taught through: lectures, seminars and group work. Assessment: 1,000-word book review (50%) and 3,000-word essay (50%).
  • Black history
    This module explores the concept of black history within American and British historiography questioning and challenging debates around the idea of ‘black history’. You'll consider these debates and learn about key moments in British black history over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. You'll critically examine concepts such as ‘diaspora’, ‘post- colonialism’ and ‘multiculturalism’. Films, documentaries, music and art will be included as sources for the module and visits will be made to libraries and archives including the London Metropolitan Archive and the Black Cultural Archive. Taught through: a mix of lectures, workshops, group work and trips to libraries/archives. Assessment: 1,000-word report (30%) and short film (70%) 5-10 minutes using basic phone/iPad technology to document a chosen aspect of British black life. The film is accompanied by a written narrative (1,000-word).
  • Suffrage to citizenship: female activism in the 20th century
    This module explores the agency and activism of women in Britain throughout the course of the twentieth century. You'll assess the engagement of women in a number of campaigns including the suffrage movement, the peace movement, social welfare reform, gender equality, the labour movement, the Women’s Liberation Movement and ‘third wave’ feminism.  A broad definition of activism is applied and the campaigning activities of women from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of organisations will be included. You'll evaluate and highlight the contribution made by women to civil society in twentieth century Britain. Taught through: lectures, seminars and group work. Assessment: legislative action report (50%) - a 2,000-word report on one piece of legislation passed as a result of female activism and campaigning and a 2-hr exam (50%).
  • Genocide and crimes against humanity
    This module explores the history of genocide and crimes against humanity in the twentieth century and beyond. It begins with an introduction to the related concepts of genocide and crimes against humanity before considering a range of events including colonial genocides, the Armenian Genocide, the Nazi ‘Final Solution’, alleged genocides in Cambodia, Yugoslavia and Rwanda, as well as cases of genocide in the twenty first century in Darfur and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. You'll analyse the dynamics of genocide and crimes against humanity in order to shed light upon their origins, characteristics and consequences. Taught through: a mix of lectures and seminars. Assessment: 4,000-word essay (100%).
  • Politics and protest
    This module examines forms of social and political conflict located within contemporary western societies. The main focus is on understanding social movements and forms of political contention in the changing social structure of these societies. You'll examine the ability of social and political theory to understand the nature of political identity and its expression in social movements both in the past and in the present. Taught through: a mix of lectures, seminars and group work. Assessment: 2-hr exam (100%).
  • Crime, criminology and modernity
    How we think about crime, how governments treat crime, and types and opportunities for crime all changed with the emergence of modern society. These changes live with us today. This module examines these issues by looking at the history of crime (from pre-modern to contemporary crime), criminology and society. It explores how modernity is linked to new forms of crime, why modernity gave rise to corporate crime, and why this is so hard to prosecute. We will also look at some late-modernity issues such as thinking about crime in terms of ‘cultural criminology’. Taught through: lectures, seminars and workshops. Assessment: 3-hour exam (100%).
  • Gender, crime and justice
    The relationship between men, masculinity and crime; and women, femininity and crime has assumed increasing visibility and political significance within both criminology and the public arena. An understanding of both masculinities and femininities is central to this module. Drawing on feminist perspectives in criminological theory as well as more mainstream theoretical accounts, you'll evaluate the evidence, which indicates that patterns of offending, victimisation and the workings of the main criminal justice agencies are gendered. The module also transgresses traditional debates in this area by considering a human rights perspective for the study of gender and crime. Taught through: weekly lectures and seminars. Assessment: 3-hour exam (100%).

Employability

History graduates have the ability to apply an analytical mindset to all kinds of problems and situations. These are relevant in just about any industry which has a focus on current societies and future developments. 

You'll acquire all of the key skills demanded by graduate employers:

  • oral and written skills
  • problem-solving
  • planning and organisation
  • teamwork
  • presentation skills
  • decision making
  • drive
  • digital literacy
  • initiative
  • resilience
  • project management skills.

Typical career paths include: 

  • teaching and research
  • archives and heritage
  • politics
  • media 
  • business and commerce
  • the charity sector
  • marketing, advertising and PR
  • law

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

Dr Caitriona Beaumont

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor in Social History; Director of Research, School of Law and Social Sciences

Dr Caitríona Beaumont is Associate Professor in Social History specialising in the history of female activism, women’s movements and feminism in twentieth century Britain and Ireland.


Dr Adrian Budd

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Head of Division of Social Sciences

Dr Budd specialises in International Relations, with interests in international theory, imperialism, and globalisation. His last book analysed neo-Gramscian international relations theory.


Dr Julien Morton

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Morton is interested in philosophy of science and the theory of agency.


Dr Lisa Pine

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor

Dr Pine currently teaches modules on 'Revolutions, Wars and the Making of the Modern World', 'War and Social Change in the Twentieth Century' and 'Genocide and Crimes against Humanity'.


Dr Federica Rossi

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Lecturer in Criminology

Dr Rossi is a Lecturer in Criminology. She teaches Criminology, Sociology and Political Science, with particular interest in the criminalisation of political movements, political violence, terrorism, victims.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

Our teaching methods are varied and innovative. Students will use a wide range of sources and methods throughout their studies including:

  • digital resources
  • social media (for example twitter)
  • blogs
  • presentations
  • group work
  • essay writing
  • dissertations.

Level 4

At Level 4, modules are designed to provide an introduction to modern and contemporary history. Particular emphasis is placed on historical resources in London. You’ll visit archives and libraries, including the Black Cultural Archives, the Women’s Library @ LSE and the London Metropolitan Archives.

Level 5

At Level 5, taking a placement gives you the chance to apply your knowledge in a working environment. You'll have the choice of a variety of settings, including libraries, archives, museums and local history organisations.

Level 6

The modules at Level 6 interrogate more deeply core subject knowledge and learning outcomes, notably around the themes of diversity, equality and activism. A dissertation will further develop your independent research and project management skills.

Expert staff

Our areas of specialty include:

  • History of female activism and women’s movement s in Britain and Ireland
  • The social and economic history of Nazi Germany
  • Global women’s movements and activism
  • International Relations theory
  • Global political economy
  • International human rights
  • Sexualities and society
  • Human trafficking
  • Sustainability and climate change.

Dr Caitriona Beaumont was recently featured in Channel 4 News for her work and research on the women's movement in Britain:

Personal Academic Tutoring

As an undergraduate Law and Social Science student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first semester at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal academic tutor at least three times a year for 15 minutes throughout your course.  You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or sign up for an appointment slots advertised outside your tutor's office.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level BCC or:
  • BTEC National Diploma MMM or:
  • Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or:
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

Visit UCAS for guidance on the 2018 tariff.

How to apply

2018 entry

Home/EU

Full-time course

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Part-time course

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International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

2019 entry

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
V1M9
Application method

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

Accommodation

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Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

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Full-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 4815Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £39375

Fee prices

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4%.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

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